{"LocationDetails":{"Id":117,"Name":"West Cornwall","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to self-catering holidays in West Cornwall\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWest Cornwall is a glistening and unspoilt corner of the West Country \u0026ndash; where a passion for the great outdoors and a captivating history splash against the backdrop of beautiful landscapes. Thirty six miles of coastline wrap around twinkling fishing villages, rural trails and nostalgic towns, promising a truly refreshing\u0026nbsp;holiday. With the stunning Lizard Peninsula, beautiful beaches and the famous Land\u0026rsquo;s End, West Cornwall has everything you could wish for!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you\u0026rsquo;re seeking exhilarating outdoor sports or a relaxed break on the beach \u0026ndash; any one of West Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s locations is perfect. Falmouth is famous for its sailing port, and its beaches are popular for water sports. Surfers head for the waters of St Ives, and its cultural influence makes it popular with artists and art lovers alike.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor those who like to discover stunning countryside on foot or on bike, West Cornwall offers plenty of cycling and walking trails for all levels. With the South West Coast Path and the Cornish Way Cycle Route, there is plenty of opportunity to stretch your legs and get to know West Cornwall.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePlaces to visit in West Cornwall\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWest Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s one of those regions that makes you feel like ditching the map and just following your feet, and there\u0026rsquo;s a new view to stop you in your tracks around every corner. There\u0026rsquo;s a different landscape to suit every kind of visitor and every kind of day\u0026hellip;from the twinkling lights of Mousehole every Christmas, to the sandy beaches of St Ives. Speaking of beaches, if you\u0026rsquo;re after white sands, clear waters and the feel of being miles from the madding crowd, make this one a West Cornwall holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;ve been keen to try surfing but you\u0026rsquo;re not feeling ready for the big beaches of North Cornwall yet, Hayle makes a great place to start. With a friendly surf scene and plenty of surf schools to help you get started, this sleepy village is perfect for that family break that\u0026rsquo;s all about living in wetsuits and flip flops. If you\u0026rsquo;re after a little culture, head to St Ives\u0026hellip;famous for its light and ever-popular with artists, this resort\u0026rsquo;s home to the Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and some of the most beautiful coastal walks you\u0026rsquo;ll ever come across.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in West Cornwall\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start on the tip of the region, with the Minack Theatre. One of the most unique things to do in West Cornwall has got to be sitting in a theatre carved into rock and watching a performance with the sea twinkling as the backdrop. One of the region\u0026rsquo;s most iconic attractions, the theatre hosts live theatre on a rocky granite outcrop that juts proudly our into the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, if you ever find yourself heading to the western end of the county in the run up to Christmas then we recommend you head to the unassuming village of Mousehole (pronounced \u0026ldquo;mowsal\u0026rdquo; by the way). There\u0026rsquo;s a rule in this village that anyone with a boat in the harbour has to decorate it for December\u0026hellip;which means the whole resort twinkles with festive lights. You\u0026rsquo;ll see everything from reindeer, to sleighs to Christmas puddings, and it\u0026rsquo;s one of those traditions that makes Cornwall so special.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe mentioned St Ives, and we have to say once again that its attractions are a must for the artists amongst you. The Tate St Ives reopens in March 2017 after refurbishment, and the gallery\u0026rsquo;s one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s most impressive celebrations of modern art. If you\u0026rsquo;re keen to visit the studio and workshop once used by the sculptor Barbara Hepworth while you\u0026rsquo;re in the area, you can buy a ticket that enables you to combine both experiences.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"west-cornwall","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/West Cornwall.JPG/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Tunnel Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eTunnel Beach and Castle Beach connect into one long beach at low tide, and Tunnel Beach is sheltered by the sea wall - making it a good choice during beach holidays in Falmouth.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis isn\u0026#39;t an ideal beach for young families as it\u0026#39;s pretty rocky, but if you\u0026#39;ve got older children who like exploring or you fancy a wander amongst the rock pools then it\u0026#39;s a pretty place to visit and it has that unspoilt beauty that sets Cornwall\u0026#39;s beaches apart from others.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTunnel Beach can be reached via a small tunnel from the promenade (hence its name), and as it all but vanished at high tide it\u0026rsquo;s not as popular as the others nearby. Also, you\u0026rsquo;ll need to walk to Castle Beach to use the toilet and cafe facilities.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1483,"LocationLongitude":-5.05571,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/waves-in-sunset.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/tunnel-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/waves-in-sunset.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Swanpool Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSwanpool Beach is a stunning choice of beach in Falmouth, and it even sits within its own secluded cove. Don\u0026rsquo;t be fooled into thinking that out of the way means a quiet beach without much to do though, there\u0026rsquo;s always something going on at this one and it\u0026rsquo;s a great choice no matter what your interests. The beach is found just a short walk from Gyllyngvase Beach, and it\u0026rsquo;s a Blue Flag beach too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSwanpool Beach runs along the Cliff Road and is one of the larger Falmouth beaches, and the highlights you\u0026rsquo;ll find during summer include a cafe, a bouncy castle to entertain the children and surf hire outlets to help you enjoy the waves. There\u0026rsquo;s a car park close by on the other side of the main road.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSwanpool Nature Reserve backs the beach and its resident swans make it a popular spot for a stroll if you fancy working off all the ice cream. If you\u0026rsquo;re not quite ready to get surfing yet there are kayaks for hire at Swanpool so you can get out on the water and stay dry, and if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling competitive there\u0026rsquo;s a crazy golf course nearby too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1409,"LocationLongitude":-5.07671,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/lindsay/2014/05/GyllyngvaseBeachFalmouth.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/swanpool-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/lindsay/2014/05/GyllyngvaseBeachFalmouth.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Maenporth Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eMaenporth is a gorgeous sandy cove just two miles from the centre of Falmouth. It has views across Falmouth Bay (and Pendennis Castle) and it\u0026rsquo;s close to the many walks that head in the direction of the Helford River. Maenporth Beach is a favourite with families on Falmouth beach holidays, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great place for a day in the sun or enjoying the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach slopes gently, leading to shallow waters with plenty of rock pools to discover so this is a nice spot for those of you with small children. Look out for the ship wreck visible off the shore at low tide, and bear this choice of beach in mind if you enjoy water activities as there are plenty going on. Choose from kayaking, sailing or even SCUBA diving\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you don\u0026rsquo;t mind stretching your legs why not walk along the South West Coast Path to this ebach from the centre of town? It\u0026rsquo;ll take you around 50 minutes and it\u0026rsquo;s a nice way to enjoy the views as you make your way there. If you prefer to head straight for the beach there\u0026rsquo;s car parking just behind the beach and it\u0026rsquo;s a bargain during high season at just \u0026pound;3 per day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1253,"LocationLongitude":-5.09394,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/maenporth-beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/maenporth-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/maenporth-beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Gyllyngvase Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with the biggest beach in Falmouth and Blue Flag holder, Gyllyngvase Beach. Yes you\u0026rsquo;d be forgiven for taking a couple of attempts to pronounce the name of this one but peculiar title aside it\u0026rsquo;s gorgeous. \u0026nbsp;This curving expanse of sand is a firm favourite with families enjoying beach holidays in Falmouth, as it has easy access and a seasonal dog ban.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is a ten minute walk from the centre of Falmouth and the award-winning caf\u0026eacute; that overlooks it is a lovely spot to enjoy fresh seafood while you listen to the latest acoustic act serenading diners. Low tide at Gyllyngvase Beach reveals hundreds of rock pools teeming with shrimps and other creatures just waiting to be discovered by children. You may even find a lobster or two nearer the edge of the reef.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find a car park just one hundred yards from the sand, and this beach benefits from lifeguard cover during the summer. It\u0026rsquo;s possible to walk along the South West Coast Path from Gyllyngvase Beach to Swanpool Beach and Nature Reserve. This walk should take around fifteen minutes and it\u0026rsquo;s a nice way to see some of the surrounding coastline during a stay in Falmouth.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1445,"LocationLongitude":-5.06841,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/12/rock pools.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/gyllyngvase-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/12/rock pools.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Castle Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eCastle Beach is the most northerly beach in the collection that surround Falmouth and it\u0026rsquo;s popular with snorkellors, divers and rock poolers. Castle Beach is a fairly small Falmouth Beach but on the plus side it\u0026rsquo;s easy walking distance from the town and it\u0026rsquo;s a scenic spot to while away a few hours as a family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOverlooked by the dramatic Pendennis Castle, the beach is a favourite with picnickers - how many opportunities will you get to enjoy lunch beneath a Tudor castle after all?! This shingle beach has plenty of nearby parking on the main road, a seasonal dog ban, toilet facilities and a cafe. Fancy stretching your legs? Start walking from the Pendennis Castle end of the sand and you\u0026rsquo;ll find the beach connects with Tunnel Beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBear in mind that most of the beach will be covered when the tide comes in so check the times carefully. Access to the beach is fairly easy but there are several steps to reach it, so Gyllyngvase Beach may be the better choice for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.148,"LocationLongitude":-5.05658,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/03/beach handstand.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/castle-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/03/beach handstand.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Trebah Garden","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you were hoping to find a family attraction in Falmouth that enables you to enjoy the great Cornwall scenery that we all know and love, then Trebah Garden is just the one. The sub-tropical gardens enjoy a spectacular backdrop of coastal views and are home to exotic plants from all over the world, pretty ponds and even a private beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMore than four miles of footpath wind their way around this picturesque valley garden and there\u0026rsquo;s something new to see in every season. Spring is an exciting time in any garden, but this one comes into its own as the one hundred year old rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias begin to flower. The giant gunnera always impresses visitors during the summer, and autumn sees Hydrangea Valley send blue and white tufts across the peaceful Mallard Pond.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf your visit inspires you to do more with your own garden you\u0026rsquo;ll find plants and flowers on sale so you can take a little something home to get you started. Those on dog friendly holidays will be pleased to learn that dogs are welcome, and the gardens are open all year, with free entry in January.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1067,"LocationLongitude":-5.12156,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/11/flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/trebah-garden","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/11/flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Orca Sea Safaris","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOrca Sea Safaris provide two types of boat trip, the Coastal Explorer and the Bay Discovery and every trip out is different from the next. The skipper will entertain you with a friendly commentary to make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a thing and to fill you in on fascinating local stories and facts.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThose on the wildlife trips often spot sharks, dolphins and seals, and you\u0026rsquo;ll hear many a true story about smugglers and shipwrecks seen by Falmouth. All trips come with free admission to the Falmouth National Maritime Museum so you can round off your day with a visit and learn more about the town\u0026rsquo;s connection with the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eGet right up close to the marine life that surrounds Falmouth on the Seaquest of Falmouth, and if you\u0026rsquo;ve never ridden on a RIB you\u0026rsquo;ll be starting on the largest one in England. If you\u0026rsquo;re holidaying as a group and want to enjoy a private tour you can arrange one in advance. The Coastal Explorer tour can be booked for one hour or two, and you\u0026rsquo;re likely to spot seals and bird life going about their business in the area close to Falmouth Bay.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1515,"LocationLongitude":-5.06158,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/06/102_2129.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/orca-sea-safaris","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/06/102_2129.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Cove Bar \u0026 Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou couldn\u0026rsquo;t really wish for a restaurant with better views or access to more fresh produce than The Cove Bar and Restaurant enjoys, and this family-friendly eatery is located right beside the frankly stunning Maenporth Beach. The restaurant not only offers unbeatable views right across Falmouth Bay but it also serves popular hot food that had visitors returning time and again.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re after a quiet place to relax in style after a hard day on the beach then this is one of Falmouth\u0026rsquo;s finest, and you can choose from a very sophisticated tapas on the terrace or something from the imaginative menu \u0026ndash; whichever you decide to try you\u0026rsquo;ll enjoy fresh, local produce and great service.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eCornwall is all about embracing the things in life you enjoy and keeping it simple, and in the true laidback style of the county The Cove\u0026rsquo;s staff are always happy to arrange something special for those with dietary needs if you give them notice before you arrive.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1252,"LocationLongitude":-5.09455,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/food3.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/falmouth/the-cove-bar-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/food3.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Land\u0027s End","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe most popular family attraction in Penzance was created by Mother Nature, as no visit to the area would be complete without standing on Lands End! Land\u0026rsquo;s End is probably Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s most famous landmark, and its beauty will take your breath away. This Penzance attraction is mainland Britain\u0026rsquo;s most westerly point, and the coastal views from the nearby trails are unforgettable.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis isolated corner of the country offers a peaceful atmosphere and the opportunity to see the wildlife it\u0026rsquo;s home to as you wander. Once you\u0026rsquo;ve enjoyed standing on the tip of Britain and posing for photos with the famous Land\u0026rsquo;s End sign (no family album is complete without those) you can enjoy walks around the coastline or visit the family attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHow does an interactive experience in the form of \u0026lsquo;Arthur\u0026rsquo;s Quest\u0026rsquo; sound? Or a 4D show for the whole family? Visitors can also visit Greeb Farm and meet the friendly animals or explore the free exhibition \u0026lsquo;The End to End Story\u0026rsquo;. \u0026nbsp;There\u0026rsquo;s a wide range of cafes and restaurants to keep everyone fed and watered, so although you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy the sensation of being at the end of the world you\u0026rsquo;ll still have plenty to keep everyone happy and entertained during your visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.0657,"LocationLongitude":-5.71302,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364664132.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"sennen/penzance/lands-end","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/03/1364664132.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Minack Theatre","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe \u003ca href=\"http://www.minack.com/\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"The Minack Theatre\"\u003eMinack Theatre\u003c/a\u003e is a spectacular Penzance attraction, whether you choose to watch a performance under the stars or visit during the day. The theatre was carved into the cliffs at Porthcurno and it makes an awe-inspiring sight overlooking the glistening seas below.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Minack Theatre was created in the style of an open air amphitheatre, and it\u0026rsquo;s not only a unique Penzance attraction but also makes for a truly special experience. Actors clamour to perform beneath the skies in this dramatic setting, and the Atlantic just behind it lends itself as the backdrop to every production. The theatre was the life\u0026rsquo;s work of one woman, the late Rowena Cade. She devoted much of her life to making her vision of an open-air theatre in the Cornish cliffs come true, and it remains one of the world\u0026rsquo;s best known amphitheatres today.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe theatre\u0026rsquo;s summer season runs every May to September, and it plays host to everything from Shakespeare to adaptations of modern films. Recent years have seen Titanic, Wuthering Heights, James and the Giant Peach and hundreds more productions thrill audiences of all ages in a setting they\u0026rsquo;ll never forget.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s free parking for all visitors at the Minack, and it\u0026rsquo;s not only the theatre itself that draws the curious but the sub-tropical gardens have also become an attraction. Anyone with a love of gardening or an eye for the exotic will fall in love with the Cliffside garden, and it certainly makes a colourful sight from afar.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.0408,"LocationLongitude":-5.65118,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364659001.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"sennen/porthcurno/the-minack-theatre","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/03/1364659001.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Geevor Tin Mine","Body":"\u003cp\u003eGeevor Tin Mine is a windswept reminder of Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s industrial heritage, and it sits high on the North Atlantic coast. The site sprawls for 67 acres of visible history and forms the best-preserved mining site in the UK.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe area surrounding Geevor has been mined for thousands of years, and since its closure as a working mine in 1990 the site houses exhibitions and demonstrations of its days as a place of work. \u003ca href=\"http://www.geevor.com/\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Geevor Tin Mine\"\u003eGeevor Tin Mine\u003c/a\u003e\u0026nbsp;is a Penzance attraction sure to capture your imagination, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to gain an insight into the impact of mining on Cornwall.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Cornish Mining World Heritage Site starts here, and visitors can take a peek underground and see just a tiny part of the huge network of tunnels that\u0026rsquo;s beneath the landscape. Tin mining was a huge part of Cornish life, and the cost of it changed the course of lives throughout the county until the mine finally closed for good in 1990.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe listed buildings and surrounding area have been kept much as they always were, and a visit to Geevor is fascinating for all age groups. The attraction includes underground tours, the Hard Rock Museum and much more. There are also events held on the site during the summer, including talks from the people who mined the ground, workshops and stone carving.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.1515,"LocationLongitude":-5.67646,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/engine-houses.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/penzance/geevor-tin-mine","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/engine-houses.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"St Michael\u0027s Mount","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere aren\u0026#39;t too many islands that you can reach on foot, but then St Michael\u0026#39;s Mount is far from ordinary in every way. \u003ca href=\"http://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"St Michaels Mount\"\u003eSt Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount\u003c/a\u003e is a majestic Penzance attraction, and the historic island sits out at sea just 3 miles from the town.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eConnected to Marazion by a cobbled causeway, St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount is home to a fascinating village with a history spanning 1000 years, that visitors of all ages will have a great day discovering. Hop aboard a boat at high tide or wait it out and\u0026nbsp; make your way along the causeway on foot, but however you approach the landmark expect to enter a world of myths, legends and history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eA foreboding medieval castle peers sternly down on sub-tropical landscapes that were once trodden by the pilgrims who flocked to the island. If you fancy viewing the island from the water there are boat trips available, and what better end to the visit then to sample Cornish produce in one of the island\u0026rsquo;s traditional eateries before you go?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026#39;s a story to tell the children as you wander your way to the island, legend has it that a mythical giant called Cormoran used to live on the Mount, occasionally stomping to shore to steal food and animals. 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This stylish restaurant takes everything we love about life in Cornwall and helps us enjoy it in one evening (scenic views, great food and time out from the hustle and bustle), and it was runner up in the Great British Urbanism, Awards 2013.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant manages to combine an impressive contemporary design with a friendly atmosphere, and there are usually local artists showcased throughout the building to add yet more flair to a visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant is great for guests of self-catering accommodation in Penzance as it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for any time of day. Whether you fancy a quick drink and a snack before a day\u0026rsquo;s sightseeing, an informal lunch or chic evening meal \u0026ndash; The Bakehouse and Steakhouse is relaxed and welcoming. 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All produce is local, so you can expect fish, meats and dairy produce from nearby farms and businesses.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAlso, all vegetables and herbs used in the impressive meals are especially grown for The Bay Restaurant...so you\u0026rsquo;re promised fresh ingredients to top it off. 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It belongs to the St Agnes designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and this one\u0026#39;s all about sweeping cliffs, crashing waves and wide sandy beaches. By far one of the most beautiful St Agnes beaches, Porthtowan is hugely popular with holidaymakers and those seeking the surf, especially during the summer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sandy beach is sheltered by cliffs, and there are some great walks along the South West Coast Path in either direction if you feel like stretching your legs. If you head east from the beach you\u0026#39;ll end up in the whitewashed village of St Agnes, and to the west you\u0026#39;ll find yourself in Portreath. It\u0026rsquo;s possible to walk to Chapel Porth when the tide goes out, but check the tide times before trying this.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026#39;s a seasonal dog ban at the beach, so if you\u0026#39;re planning a wander along the sand with your best friend you\u0026#39;ll need to wait until the summer\u0026#39;s over - but the scenery looks just as pretty in winter anyway. 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Portreath Beach is a large sandy beach that\u0026#39;s about a quarter of a mile long, and it\u0026rsquo;s a real favourite with families on St Agnes and Portreath beach holidays.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe water benefits from the perefct conditions for surfing, and the beachside cafes provide mouthwatering snacks for in between sessions. The beach may be beautiful but it\u0026#39;s part of something special too, it belongs to UNESCO\u0026#39;s World Heritage Site \u0026#39;Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape\u0026#39; and (as you\u0026#39;ll see as soon as you arrive) it\u0026#39;s also part of the Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty\u0026#39;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePortreath Beach is accessible to disabled visitors, and there are some disabled parking spaces to be found in the car park overlooking it too. 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Better yet, there are three things it\u0026rsquo;s always welcome to hear are free \u0026ndash; and that\u0026rsquo;s parking, cider tasting and admission \u0026ndash; and Healey\u0026rsquo;s has them all. This working Cyder farm still produces over 40 mouth-watering products and visitors are free to wander the farm and see how it all happens.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eProducts include traditional Scrumpys, ciders, wines, jams, spirits and much more, and the guided tours enable you to sneak you behind the scenes as they\u0026rsquo;re created so that you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a thing.Surrounded by orchards, this working attraction puts more than 25 years of experience and a whole lot of imagination into everything it produces and the shop means visitors can stock up before they leave.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re planning a visit as a family, come and visit the resident farm animals while you\u0026rsquo;re here, and children love to take a tractor ride through the orchards. Healey\u0026rsquo;s Cornish Cyder Farm is a friendly attraction that teaches its visitors about where it started from, what it produces \u0026ndash; there\u0026rsquo;s even a unique collection of historic apple presses.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.3121,"LocationLongitude":-5.13326,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/06/cider2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/portreath-st-agnes/cornish-cyder-farm","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/06/cider2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Porthgwidden Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003ePorthgwidden Beach is found to the east of Porthmeor and is more of a sandy cove than a beach \u0026ndash; but that only adds to its charm. Thanks to its soft golden sands and its sheltered position the beach is a favourite with families, and if you love a sun trap head to this east-facing gem in the morning when the rays are at their best.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBecause the cove is sheltered, swimming at Porthgwidden is safe but bear in mind that there\u0026#39;s no lifeguard service at this one.\u0026nbsp; This beach has the best of both worlds, as its sheltering cliffs give it an isolated feel yet it\u0026rsquo;s served by a range of facilities, and it\u0026rsquo;s close to the centre of St Ives too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWalk from the beach to the nearby headland known as St Ives Island as this is one of the best vantage points for views in St Ives (and that\u0026#39;s no small claim). If you walk around the headland take an anti-clockwise direction and you\u0026#39;ll end up at Porthmeor Beach and then the Tate St Ives.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe car parks at this beach can become busy on a warm day so we\u0026#39;d recommend walking from the town centre if you can. There\u0026#39;s a seasonal dog ban at Porthgwidden between Easter and October, and there are cafes and toilets by the beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2172,"LocationLongitude":-5.47628,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"carbis-bay/st-ives/porthgwidden-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Porthmeor Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eJust outside the Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is one of the most popular beaches in St Ives and it\u0026rsquo;s worthy of one of the paintings within the gallery. This is one of the most popular beaches in St Ives (probably because its so close to the town) and the waves are perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers. Whether your choice of beach fun is a relaxing day with the family or hitting the waves with your surfboard, you\u0026rsquo;ll find everything you need at Porthmeor Beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhilst you might fancy venturing to one of the area\u0026#39;s other beaches for your full day on the sand, this one makes a great picnic spot as you can get everything you need in town and then just walk the few minutes to the beach. As this is such a long sandy beach it\u0026rsquo;s rarely difficult to find space, and there\u0026#39;s a seasonal dog ban. 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The beach has had a Blue Flag since 2010, and with a mile of silver sands welcoming those on beach holidays in St Ives it\u0026rsquo;s easy to see why. Carbis Bay is one of a series of beaches that make up St Ives Bay, and you don\u0026rsquo;t have to just take our word for how pretty it is \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s even listed by the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organisation.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach has its own car park, toilets and nearby refreshments, so it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for families and beach bums. It\u0026rsquo;s not often you\u0026rsquo;ll find surf at this beach but that\u0026rsquo;s welcome news for families with young children. In fact it makes the waters ideal for swimming, and if you fancy a wander along the east side of the beach (when the tide\u0026rsquo;s out) you\u0026rsquo;ll find your way to Porth Kidney Sands and their RSPB bird sanctuary. This is one of the area\u0026rsquo;s most significant habitats for wildlife and it\u0026rsquo;s a peaceful spot to spend some time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCarbis Bay Beach is privately owned by a nearby hotel and it operates a seasonal dog ban, although dog walkers are permitted to walk their pets between 5am and 8am so you\u0026rsquo;re free to watch the sun rise while you walk your best friend throughout the summer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.1976,"LocationLongitude":-5.46553,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/iStock_000014365986XXXLarge.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"hayle/st-ives/carbis-bay-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/iStock_000014365986XXXLarge.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Porthminster Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDescribed by The Telegraph as \u0026quot;an urban beach at its finest\u0026quot;, Porthminster Beach in St Ives is all about golden sands and clear waters - and it\u0026#39;s the longest beach in the area. With sands that roll on for half a blissful mile, the beach is ideal for those on bucket and spade beach holidays, and as it\u0026#39;s naturally sheltered it\u0026#39;s also a favourite with those of you who just love some time out in the sun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis beach comes recommended by our trusty friends at The Good Beach Guide, and you get to enjoy the balmy atmosphere and palms of a secluded cove with all the benefits of being close to town. Make sure you take your sunglasses along for this beach visit as the rays bounce straight off the clear waters with dazzling results!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sea around Porthminster Beach is calmer here than at some of the others in St Ives, so don\u0026rsquo;t confuse it with Porthmeor which has great surf! As with all beaches in St Ives there is a seasonal dog ban, and don\u0026rsquo;t miss a visit to the Porthminster Beach Cafe while you\u0026rsquo;re there. Parking can be a bit of a problem at this spot, but the branch line station is just 50 yards from the sand and the views are gorgeous.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.2087,"LocationLongitude":-5.47591,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/PORTHMINSTER BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"carbis-bay/st-ives/porthminster-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/PORTHMINSTER BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Seal Island","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLess than four miles offshore from St Ives lies a spectacular St Ives attraction, Seal Island. There are regular boat trips available from St Ives to this rocky outcrop and it\u0026rsquo;s home to a seriously cute colony of Grey Atlantic seals. The trips enable visitors a close up view of its resident seals, and at times there are up to forty to be seen enjoying the safety of the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBoat trips have been ferrying eager visitors to Seal Island since the 1930s so the seals are more than used to the sight of humans passing by. Most trips include around twenty minutes of watching the seals as they go about their business (usually sunning themselves) and tickets can be purchased from Derek who\u0026rsquo;s usually outside the lifeboat station in St Ives.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis trip is one of Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s most popular, and it\u0026rsquo;s extremely rare for a boat not to see at least a few seals. The Seal Island boat trip lasts for around an hour and is a great trip for adults and children. The boat trips leave from various different areas of the harbour, depending on the tide. 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It\u0026rsquo;s not just what\u0026rsquo;s inside the gallery that makes this Cornwall attraction special though, step outside and you\u0026rsquo;ll find yourself right on Porthmeor beach, so it\u0026rsquo;s a fascinating place to visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are engaging exhibitions which change frequently, as well as guided tours, family events and a cafe. The Tate St Ives is linked to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden too, so you can buy a joint ticket for both attractions. The museum is just a 10 minute walk from the gallery so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to do both in the same day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSt Ives is a laidback kind of resort, and its gallery is no different. If you visit during school holidays you\u0026rsquo;ll find seasonal events that help get children engaged and excited about art, and they\u0026rsquo;re great fun \u0026ndash; just check the website for details before your holiday. You\u0026rsquo;ll find hands on activities for the children throughout the year, so they\u0026rsquo;ll get as much from their visit as mum and dad. You can hire an ipod touch for just \u0026pound;3, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to wander around at your own pace and enjoy a multimedia tour.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.2149,"LocationLongitude":-5.48257,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/tate.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"carbis-bay/st-ives/tate-st-ives","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/tate.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s an attraction that\u0026rsquo;s guaranteed to put a smile on your face - Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary in Helston. The sanctuary is just a 40 minute drive away from beautiful St Ives and it\u0026rsquo;s well worth the journey. Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates seals, and visitors can meet the seriously cute collection of grey and common seals housed within its pools.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sanctuary\u0026rsquo;s focus is on rehabilitation, so most of the seals stay at the sanctuary until they\u0026rsquo;re ready to return to the sea. Because of the nature of the attraction we can\u0026rsquo;t promise which seals you get to meet, but there are always recovering pups and seals on hand to welcome friendly faces on any given day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are also sea lions, otters, penguins and a selection of farm animals, and many are surprised to learn that dogs are welcome throughout the sanctuary on leads. In fact it\u0026rsquo;s been names by Cesar as a leading dog friendly attraction. 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Championing good food over fast food, this St Ives restaurant serves up mouth-watering gourmet burgers with imaginative toppings created using local ingredients. All meat is 100% Cornish and there are so many options on the menu that there\u0026rsquo;s a flavour and relish to suit every kind of burger lover.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFavourites include the blackbean burger with corn salsa and guacamole, the classic collection of Cornish beef burgers and the award-winning Halloumi Stack with caper aioli. There\u0026rsquo;s always a new surprise on the menu for those who have been before, and those that haven\u0026rsquo;t should prepare to fall back in love with the burger.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOk so those are the fact, now for the reviews. The restaurant\u0026rsquo;s accolades include the Best for Burgers Award from the Sunday Telegraph, inclusion in The Good Food Guide 2013, a Green Tourism Gold award and more. All meat for the burgers is reared naturally, the furniture diners enjoy them on is created using reclaimed materials and even the electricity in the restaurant is green. All burgers are chargrilled, and all produce is as fresh as possible.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2115,"LocationLongitude":-5.47898,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/gourmet-burger.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/blas-burgerworks","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/gourmet-burger.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Seagrass","Body":"\u003cp\u003eFor a fairly new restaurant, Seagrass has more than its share of raving TripAdvisor reviews. Head Chef Lee Groves shot to fame in 2010 when he reached the \u0026lsquo;Masterchef the Professionals\u0026rsquo; semi finals, and he now creates contemporary dishes using local produce and ingredients.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSt Ives is the hub of the art world, so it\u0026rsquo;s fitting that the dishes in its favourite restaurant look fantastic too. The menu is always one step ahead of the diners, bringing the best from the season and turning it into an inspiring meal that they\u0026rsquo;ll remember for a long time. All produce is sourced locally and all meals are created right on the premises.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re a fan of shellfish you\u0026rsquo;ll love the Oyster and Shells menu, and it includes a whole selection of shells right from the Cornish coast. Choices like oysters, razors, mussels and langoustine always leave diners struggling to choose just one dish \u0026ndash; and don\u0026rsquo;t even get us started on the Fruit\u0026nbsp; de Mer! Why not order your meals in advance to ensure you get just the dish you want?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor a modern experience and fine food, put this one on your \u0026lsquo;to do\u0026rsquo; list during a stay in St Ives accommodation.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2153,"LocationLongitude":-5.47889,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364662303.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_poi_logo/2013/03/1364662345.JPG/poi_logo.jpg","Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/seagrass","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/03/1364662303.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Harbour Fish \u0026 Chips","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAlthough it\u0026rsquo;s something of a magnet for bohemians and the cultured, St Ives still has its seaside charm to maintain \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s lucky it boasts Harbour Fish \u0026amp; Chips. Third in the TripAdvisor ratings for eateries in St Ives, this choice serves up unforgettable (and quite fancy!) fish and chips. It\u0026rsquo;s family friendly, and great value too \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s ideal for lunch or dinner during a family holiday in St Ives.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHarbour Fish and Chips takes the fresh catch of each day and serves it up, simply cooked and just the way you like it. Choose from battered or grilled fish, and if you\u0026#39;re watching the waistline you can swap the chips for one of the house salads. 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The village of Cadgwith is one of those quiet corners of Cornwall that feel timeless and its picturesque beach still sits at the heart of the community.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisiting this modest shingle beach is much like stepping into a postcard, and the sight of crabbing boats patiently perched on the beach beside the boat houses is a quaint one. There\u0026rsquo;s usually a little fleet of colourful crabbing boats winched on the sand beside the boat houses, so Cadgwith Cove is a relaxing spot that makes for idyllic holiday photos.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is a great find for divers asit\u0026rsquo;s not only reasonably quiet but there are some notorious ship wrecks in the area. If you wander south for a little while on the South West Coast Path you\u0026rsquo;ll find the Devil\u0026rsquo;s Frying Pan. This dramatic crater in the cliffs was formed decades ago when one of the caves fell in on itself.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026#39;ve got the car, there\u0026rsquo;s a car park just a short walk from the beach, and please note that there\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban between Easter and October.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":49.9869,"LocationLongitude":-5.17885,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/wooden-boat.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/the-lizard-peninsula/cadgwith-cove","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/wooden-boat.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Poldhu Cove","Body":"\u003cp\u003eFar in the west of the country the Lizard Peninsula is a place of windswept beaches, unspoilt beauty and space. Poldhu Cove is a pretty cove that doesn\u0026#39;t tend to get very busy and it\u0026#39;s a great spot to start a coastal walk.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis Lizard Peninsula beach is not only a favourite sandy beach with families, but it was also the unlikely scene of a significant moment in history. In 1901, the first ever Trans-Atlantic radio signal was sent from Poldhu Cove, changing the shape of communication.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAside from its place in the history books, Poldhu Cove is a spectacular area of the Lizard, and there are some beautiful walks around the beach. There\u0026#39;s a dog ban on Poldhu Cove between Easter and October, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find a car park just beside it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLastly, the beach cafe at Poldhu Cove is well worth a visit! With the perfect menu for relaxed days on the beach, gorgeous views and a beach shop next door, the cafe becomes the main port of call during any beach holiday nearby.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.0347,"LocationLongitude":-5.26083,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/FEET ON BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/the-lizard-peninsula/poldhu-cove","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/FEET ON BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Polurrian Cove","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Lizard is blessed with more sandy coves and fine beaches than you can shake a towel at, and Polurrian Cove is one of its most picturesue spots. Beaches don\u0026#39;t come much prettier than those found in a Designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and as it\u0026#39;s linked to the South West Coast Path you can wander to neighbouring coves if you want to see more of the beaches on this strech of coastline.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFamilies choose this silky ribbon of sand for their beach holidays year after year, and with a seasonal dog ban during high season it\u0026rsquo;s ideal for letting young children enjoy time by the sea. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so if you like to be close to Cornwall\u0026#39;s wildlife this is one of its most unspilt areas.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is the kind of beach that isn\u0026#39;t surrounded by ice cream parlours and souvenir shops, but if you don\u0026#39;t mind taking a picnic you\u0026#39;ll be able to enjoy the feeling of seclusion that comes from choosing one of the lesser known beaches. 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Not only is this historic gem the inspiration for the Poldark novels (and the programme of course), but it was also the setting for some of the scenes on BBc 1\u0026#39;s most recent adaptation of the take. The guided tour of the 18th century tin mine enables you to follow in the footsteps of the local men who once worked the tin mine (and Aiden Turner...), and it\u0026rsquo;s open to visitors between April and October.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eVarious finds on the site have made the mine one of the most important of its kind, and it\u0026#39;s even been designated a World Heritage Site. Now a peaceful place to visit in the pretty Cornish landscape, this area was once a thriving hub of industrial activity and it meant long, hard days of work for many. A selection of craft workshops sell locally made jewellery, pottery, candles and much more, so there\u0026#39;s opportunity to take a piece of the county home with you as well as experience its past.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy making your adventure slightly more sinister, book yourself on one of the evening ghost tours of the mine, where you\u0026rsquo;ll be led around the tunnels by candlelight. 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The six mile stretch that joins the lesser known surf town of Hayle with the art centre that\u0026rsquo;s St Ives is a nice one for dog owners, and you\u0026rsquo;ll follow the Hayle Estuary which is known for its bird life.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walk starts at the Hayle harbour Swing Bridge, which dates back more than one hundred years, and you\u0026rsquo;ll pass along St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Way \u0026ndash; following the footsteps of pilgrims who once made the journey to Spain.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for Porth Kidney Sands along the way, as dogs are allowed on this stretch of beach all year round and the lack of parking nearby means it\u0026rsquo;s often deserted. 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Both St Ives and Penzance are well connected, so you\u0026rsquo;ll have no trouble getting back to your starting point or heading home once you complete the journey, and the route has a grading of easy. In fact, this is one of the most scenic areas of the South West Coast Path, and the route has a lovely feeling of remoteness.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe path winds its way along a wild landscape, passing some of the sites that helped shape Cornwall. The route also picks up the Granite Coast, taking walkers past the Levant Mine and Beam Engine, as well as the ruined engine houses of Botallack. Part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site, visitors can see this restored engine in action, so steam enthusiasts should leave time to explore this iconic location. 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The walk follows the most southerly point in Britain, and if you were hoping to tackle a section that the crowds often overlook then this is the one for you. The Lizard Peninsula is Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s forgotten corner, and that makes it even more fun to explore. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe South West Coast Path navigates its way through rocky landscapes where the only sound is waves crashing far below, and you\u0026rsquo;ll pass abandoned smugglers coves, windswept tin mines and some of the county\u0026rsquo;s rarest geology. It\u0026rsquo;s not all windswept uplands though, and if you complete the whole route you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy the huge difference in the landscapes of the Lizard\u0026rsquo;s east and west sides.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe west side feels a world away from everything, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy a challenging walk of rugged terrain. It\u0026rsquo;s a different story on the east side though, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find yourself passing through blooming gardens and wooded creeks as you head towards the Helford and Fal estuaries. 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Porthcurno\u0026rsquo;s white sand, turquoise waters and unspoilt natural beauty have helped it to win award after award, and if it\u0026rsquo;s a stroll along the coast you\u0026rsquo;re after then you couldn\u0026rsquo;t ask for more.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is a popular one with families and visitors, so if you want to stroll the length of the sand then getting there early in the morning means you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy the beach pretty much to yourselves. There\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban, and the stream that flows down one of the beach\u0026rsquo;s sides is a great spot for little ones to paddle. The cliffs don\u0026rsquo;t only act as a handy shelter from the breeze, the Minack Theatre sits at their summit and hosts open air performances with the stunning backdrop of the sea. 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Not only are Penzance and Porthleven themselves rather easy on the eye, but you\u0026rsquo;ll also pass St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount, Perran Sands and Praa Sands along your way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eStart the walk on the signed footpath you\u0026rsquo;ll find close to Penzance harbour, keep the sea to your right and start your journey following the path around Mounts Bay. You\u0026rsquo;ll soon reach Marazion and pass St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount, it\u0026rsquo;s possible to catch a boat over to the island if it\u0026rsquo;s high tide when you get there. Just make sure you have some money with you as the buildings on the island have a National Trust admission fee.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs you rejoin the South West Coast Path on your way out of Marazion you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to walk the track along the cliff tops, and if you look over your shoulder as you go you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy stunning views of St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount. You\u0026rsquo;ll continue to pass small sandy beaches and rocky coves, and as you round the headland and leave St Michaels\u0026rsquo; Bay behind you you\u0026rsquo;ll come to Prussia Cove. Named after an 18\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century ship wrecker and smuggler known as The King of Prussia, the cove isn\u0026rsquo;t far from the beautiful Kenneggy Sand. 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Poltesco Valley Stables offer supervised beach rides along the gorgeous Kennack Sands, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be free to canter along the shore, splash about in the waves and just enjoy the scenery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhilst we can\u0026rsquo;t guarantee that you\u0026rsquo;ll end the hack dry, we\u0026rsquo;re pretty certain that you\u0026rsquo;ll have a great time \u0026ndash;and it\u0026rsquo;s a unique way to enjoy Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s famous coastline too. The horses love the chance to get their hooves wet and canter along the beach, and for many visitors to the county a beach ride is one of their biggest dreams. During the summer you can choose to ride at 9am or 6pm, although in winter the times are not fixed.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eChoose from the one hour ride, or the one and a half hour ride which takes a more scenic route back to the farm. 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Stand in the Tate St Ives and look outside and you\u0026rsquo;ll see this sandy beach with its clear waters \u0026ndash; in fact the sight will inspire the artist in you even if you\u0026rsquo;ve never picked up a paintbrush.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust outside the Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is one of the most popular beaches in St Ives and it\u0026rsquo;s not only beautiful but it\u0026rsquo;s another Cornwall beach that suits everyone. Whether your choice of beach fun is a relaxing day with the family or hitting the waves with your surfboard, you\u0026rsquo;ll find everything you need.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe break at Porthemor Becah is a friendly one, so the area usually attracts beginner and intermediate level surfers. When some of the more exposed beaches in Cornwall are being battered by strong south westerlies and generating daunting waves Porthmeor enjoys a smaller wave height and shelter that makes it comfortable for many. 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Fisherman\u0026rsquo;s cottages dot the streets and budding artists paint its views. The Tate St Ives gallery looms behind the sandy Porthmeor Beach and families paddle in the clear waters. Sound idyllic? That\u0026rsquo;s because it is.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Cornish town of St Ives has always attracted artists, those who love literature and those with an eye for a stunning landscape \u0026ndash; and it comes into its own every year for the St Ives September Festival. The festival is divided into three sections, Music and Performance Events, Arts and Literature Events and Film Season. Whichever area of the festival takes your fancy the programme is always packed with hundreds of events that take place in venues throughout the town.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe St Ives September Festival runs for two weeks each (yes, you guessed it!) September, and celebrates the arts in one of the South West\u0026rsquo;s most inspirational spots. 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The committee of volunteers who manage the event try to make sure that it has something for all ages, visitors, residents and appreciators of art from all walks of life \u0026ndash; so if you get the chance to join the fun then don\u0026rsquo;t miss out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2158,"LocationLongitude":-5.47746,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/12/st ives harbour istock.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/st-ives-september-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/12/st ives harbour istock.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Phoenix Falmouth Cinema","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDescribed on TripAdvisor as a \u0026ldquo;brilliant local cinema\u0026rdquo; Phoenix Falmouth Cinema is a popular choice with locals and visitors, and for good reason. Set in a beautiful historic building this independent multi-screen cinema pampers its patrons \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s a lovely one to visit during a relaxing holiday in Cornwall.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHave you ever fidgeted your way through a film and wished you\u0026rsquo;d waited until you could watch it at home in the comfort of an armchair? Well now you can enjoy the best of both worlds as someone very clever has furnished this cinema with armchairs, sofas and tables \u0026ndash; the simple ideas are always the best.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe know what you\u0026rsquo;re thinking, what about snacks? Well not only are patrons welcome to take their food and drink in to the film with them but they can order at the cafe and have a waitress bring it in to them when it\u0026rsquo;s ready...now that\u0026rsquo;s service. In fact, many reviewers visit this cinema instead of their closest one because the experience is so enjoyable. 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It\u0026rsquo;s little surprise then, that the resort\u0026rsquo;s art scene is vibrant, fresh and ever filled with enthusiasm. Just a stone\u0026rsquo;s throw from Porthmeor Beach and the Tate St Ives you\u0026rsquo;ll find Porthminster Gallery, a new gallery that hosts regular exhibitions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHoused in a building once used as a pilchard warehouse, the gallery is an atmospheric spot to lose yourself in art for awhile, and the curator places a strong emphasis on local artists. The quayside gallery is warm and welcoming, and its exhibitions change regularly, focusing on British and St Ives artists. 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Do you start with a walk past the disused mines, by looking for King Arthur at Tintagel or by learning about the days of smugglers at Newquay\u0026rsquo;s Buccaneer Bay? \u0026nbsp;The Royal Cornwall Museum has everything you need to know about the county\u0026rsquo;s rich history under one roof, and it\u0026rsquo;s a fascinating attraction to visit during a holiday in Cornwall.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMost of the collections are relevant to Cornwall, although the museum also has an Egyptology area which is home to the intriguing unwrapped mummy. The art collections showcase the work of local artists and the photographic collection tells the tale of life in Cornwall in pictures. See Cornwall as it once was and decide for yourself whether the landscape has changed or if it\u0026rsquo;s managed to stay much as it was in 1845 when the collection starts. The Fine Art collection has more than 2000 pieces, including watercolours, oils, prints and drawings.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe collection\u0026rsquo;s highlights include pieces by Henry Scott Tuke and Harold Harvey, and to make sure homage is paid to the early art of Cornwall you\u0026rsquo;ll find the work of John Opie and Henry Bone, the miniaturist who hailed from Truro itself.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Social History section always captures the imagination, and its miscellaneous objects give an insight into life in Cornwall over the decades. You\u0026rsquo;ll find transport items in this impressive collection, and event a medical chest once owned by the explorer Richard Lander. 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In fact, it\u0026rsquo;s been long listed for a Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award \u0026ndash; and it\u0026rsquo;s got an open, airy feel to it that makes it a contemporary setting to learn and discover. Voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012 by the Cornwall Tourism Awards, the museum is a stone\u0026rsquo;s throw from Falmouth\u0026rsquo;s infamous harbour (the world\u0026rsquo;s third largest don\u0026rsquo;t you know!) and it\u0026rsquo;s open daily.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum is located right on the waterfront, and its Out Look Tower has some of the best views for miles, so you can spend as much time as you like gazing out at the harbour beneath you and off to the horizon. The Search and Rescue exhibition will run until February 2014 and it enables visitors to step into the dangerous world of the maritime rescue services. Discover what it\u0026rsquo;s really like to be out at sea on a search, and just how terrifying it can be. 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Not only is Mawes Castle in the best condition of all of Henry VIII\u0026rsquo;s coastal artillery fortresses, but it\u0026rsquo;s also beautifully decorated throughout. The castle was built as one of a series of forts intended to protect against invasion from Europe and it was created to mount heavy guns for sinking ships.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is a fortress that has changed little over the centuries, offering its visitors a peek into the past as they wander its grounds. The Latin inscriptions praising the king and his young son Edward can still be seen etched into the castle, and as St Mawes was never developed after it was finished it stands much as it did in the 1500s. An audio tour helps to bring the castle to life for visitors, and it\u0026rsquo;s aimed at children as well as the adults making St Mawes a family attraction. While you\u0026rsquo;re there look out for the \u0026lsquo;gunners\u0026rsquo; enjoying a rest in the gun room, and don\u0026rsquo;t miss the Civil War cannonball discovered in the castle.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle fell at the hands of Civil War Parliamentarian forces in 1646 and was abandoned until the 19\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e and 20\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e centuries when it was partially rearmed. 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With hundreds of incredible plants and natural beauty at every turn the garden is a fantastic day out for the whole family, and the National Trust\u0026rsquo;s list of things to do in Glendurgan before you\u0026rsquo;re 11 \u0026frac34; always keeps the children entertained. They\u0026rsquo;re free to get lost in the cherry laurel maze, brave the swing and visit the beach at the foot of the garden \u0026ndash; not a bad day\u0026rsquo;s work really...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Fox family who created the garden had 12 children, so it stands to reason that they made it great fun for youngsters \u0026ndash; and family after family are grateful that they did!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eChoose from one of the three valley gardens and discover weird and wonderful plants and flowers that wouldn\u0026rsquo;t look out of place on foreign shores. Feel miniscule as you walk between giant rhubarb plants in the lower valley, and experience its jungle feel as you go. 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This traditional pub is situated right on the beautiful Trevaunance cove, a popular pebbly beach found beneath St Agnes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSomething you\u0026rsquo;ll soon learn in Cornwall is that there\u0026rsquo;s rarely an unusual name without a story behind it, and this one\u0026rsquo;s no different. The name of the pub comes from the spars \u0026ndash; or beams \u0026ndash; that were taken from local shipwrecks and used to support the building when it was constructed in the 1650s. Originally a warehouse used by the tin mining industry, there\u0026rsquo;s more history throughout the building than you\u0026rsquo;ll have time to learn in one visit \u0026ndash; but the character and the views make it a real find.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome everywhere except in the pub\u0026rsquo;s restaurant area, and thanks to regular events throughout the year Driftwood Spars has a place in the heart of the community. 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The now-famous pie started out as a reward for a heroic local fisherman after he sailed out into a storm to bring back fish for the starving people of Mousehole. He returned triumphant with seven different types of fish, which the people of the village made into a pie and shared amongst themselves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTo this day, the 23\u003csup\u003erd\u003c/sup\u003e December is marked by baking and eating Stargazey Pie to remember the bravery of the fisherman who risked his own life for his neighbours. 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